Outback Queensland | Travel Information

Domestic Airport

One of the best views of the Outback is from above. Take to the air and maximise your time on the ground to tick off as many experiences as you can west of the Great Dividing Range.

For those who want to get to the Outback fast, take the daily Qantas flights from Brisbane to Roma, Charleville, Longreach or Mount Isa. If you have time on your hands, Regional Airline REX has connecting flights from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns to Outback destinations including Bedourie, Boulia, Birdsville, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Julia Creek, Longreach, Mount Isa, Quilpie, Richmond and Windorah. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their respective websites. 

Train

Travel in comfort and see the blue Outback skies, rich golden soil and farmland from your window. There are a variety of train options available to suit your travel style, location and itinerary which are run through Queensland Rail. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website. 

Bus

Enjoy the beauty of an Outback road trip without doing all the driving. Travelling by bus to the Outback is easier and more comfortable than ever with Bus Queensland. They’ll connect you with adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences from Brisbane and Townsville to over 80 iconic Outback locations. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website. 

Drive

The well-maintained highways and mostly sealed roads will connect you between the Outback towns and make travelling through the region easier than most would think. For those in search of an off-the-beaten track 4WD experience, take an alternate route between towns and follow the nature tracks and back roads to explore this remarkable part of Australia. Hiring a car would be the best option. 

Ready to hit the road? Plan your outback road trip before you buckle up via the free QLDtraffic app or at qldtraffic.qld.gov.au



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Outback Stockman's Show

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$15 - 70
This live Outback Stockman's show tells the story of real life stockmen and women who work on the land. It encompasses the modern-day aspects of being a stockman, as well as telling the tales of what it used to be like in the past.

The Big Rig - The Night Show Sunset Experience

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$12.00 - 45.00
Join them on a sunset tour to the EMSCO Rig and enjoy some 'really' good regional Port whilst hearing the stories of yesteryear. As the sun sets relax under the outback skies as you are taken on a 35 minute sound and light journey to learn of the entertaining trials and triumphs of early industry men and women in Roma.

Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$20 - 170
Qantas Founders Museum is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$32 - 70
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. It tells the story of the rural areas from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago, settled by the British, exploration, the establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry and other industries in country Australia.

Jack Howe Sculpture and Gallery

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
From AU$4 - 4
Australia's most famous shearer, Jack Howe, shore a record of 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes in 1892 at Alice Downs Station, Blackall. He also set a record of 237 sheep shorn with electric shears which was not broken for 58 years.

Quilpie Shire Railway Museum

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
The Quilpie Shire has a long railway history with Quilpie being at the end of the Western railway line. The line was destined for the township of Adavale but this did not eventuate but instead it was redirected to the settlement now know as Quilpie.

Zara Clark Museum

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$5 - 8
This National Trust museum houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers' golden and military past. Their friendly volunteers are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888.

Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$10.00 - 65.00
Wow, Ooh ahh and Brilliant, are the words you hear as visitors view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes. Charleville's Cosmos Centre and Observatory is dedicated to ensuring visitors enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky.

The Great Artesian Spa, Mitchell

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
From AU$8 - 8
Share the secret locals have known for years: a soak in their mineralised waters is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul. Throughout the ages people have traveled great distances to seek natural mineral waters.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$50 - 215
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. A working dinosaur museum with the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, it's located on 1,800 hectares of spectacular mesa plateau with vast scenery, wildlife and walking trails.
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